Every second woman capable of working was not part of workforce in 2006, report published by National Employment Service reveals

The rate of unemployed women in Israel is 1.5 higher than the rate of unemployed men, according to a report on women's unemployment in 2006 published by the National Employment Service.

The average unemployed Israeli woman is a resident of northern Israel, aged 45 to 50, with a high school education. Employers, however, are looking for women to work as cleaning ladies, housekeepers and nannies.

The report revealed that most unemployed people in Israel were women. Out of approximately 204,000 job seekers who arrived at the Employment Service's offices every month, 60 percent were women.

Fifty percent of women capable of working were part of the workforce. In other words, every second woman capable of working was unemployed in the past year.

On the other hand, 60 percent of men capable of working were part of the workforce in 2006.

The report also revealed that about one-fifth of women work in the field of education (248,000 out of 13 million working women) and about 17 percent of women work in the fields of welfare and health (about 220,000 women).